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The Gambler (2011)


Look into the abyss of ultimate risk during an evening of music and obsession. The Howard Assembly Room becomes the casino at Roulettenberg for an unforgettable evening of Russian chamber music and episodes from Dostoevsky’s novel The Gambler. Music includes movements from the Rachmaninov Cello Sonatas and the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio.

Sit at your roulette table as music and tales of the Russian infatuation with gambling unfold around you.


Alexei – Dominic Gately
Polina – Louisa Clein
The General – Stuart Richman
Director – Alan Lane
Lighting – Tim Skelly
Production Assistant – Aaron Marsden


Alan Lane is artistic director of Slung Low Theatre Company, an organisation that makes adventures for audiences outside of conventional theatre spaces. Their aim is to make unlikely, ambitious and original adventures for audiences, each with powerful, moving stories at its heart. Recent Slung Low productions include 59 Minutes to Save Christmas (Barbican), Northern Big Board (Shipley), Prometheus' Garden (External Combustion/Elsecar Heritage Museum) and 15 Minutes Live, Town Hall (Leeds).

Danny Driver is a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician known internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and recordings, the imagination and breadth of his repertoire, and for the individuality of his interpretations of core repertoire works and neglected masterpieces. Driver’s forthcoming orchestral engagements include re-invitations from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, performing works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Chopin. 

Oliver Coates is an Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre London. He is principal cello of Aurora Orchestra, and is a guest principal with London Sinfonietta and Britten Sinfonia. He is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician as well as a curator of new and old music- he runs the Harmonic Series at Southbank Centre which was sold out in its first season.

Chloe Hanslip has already established herself as an artist of great distinction on the international stage. Her recording of the John Adams Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin prompted Philip Clark, writing in Gramophone, to conclude that "Playing like this should secure Chloë Hanslip's reputation for life". She made her BBC Proms debut in 2002, her US concerto debut in 2003, and has performed in major venues in the UK (Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall) and Europe (Vienna Musikverein, Louvre and Salle Gaveau-Paris, The Hermitage-St.Petersburg) as well as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Arts Space in Tokyo and the Seoul Arts Centre.

Performance history

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
17 Nov 2011


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